Friday, January 31, 2014

Snoqualmie Council supports proposal to fund transportation

SnoValley Star: "The Snoqualmie City Council voted to support a proposal by King County Executive Dow Constantine that would create a new $60 vehicle tab fee as well as a 0.1 percent increase in sales taxes. The additional revenue raised will be spent on Metro busses and transportation infrastructure. The revenue will be divided between the county and the various cities in the county such as Snoqualmie, with the county receiving 60 percent of the money."

Monday, January 27, 2014

People in Utah want more #publictransit to clean up the air

Editor column: Will Utah Legislature heed the public? | The Salt Lake Tribune: "A Salt Lake Tribune poll shows growing concerns over our wintertime inversions and the airborne particulates that threaten our health. Most Utahns want tougher emission standards for industry and say they are willing to drive less, and use more public transportation, to clear the air."

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rally with Transit Riders and Drivers on Wednesday, January 29

Transit Riders Union: "Rally to fund public transit now!  Next Wednesday, Bus Riders and Transit Workers will rally together to stop Metro bus cuts and say no to labor concessions.  We want stable funding for public transit and a fair contract for our hard-working drivers and mechanics."

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Traffic Forecast Follies

Sightline Daily: "As the State Smart Transportation Initiative at the University of Wisconsin points out, the US Department of Transportation has been making the virtually identical vehicle travel forecasts for well over a decade. All of those forecasts project rapid and incessant growth in vehicle travel for as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, actual traffic volumes have flattened out, and may actually be falling."

#freetransit proposed for poor in Idaho

Idaho State Journal : "    “This was an interesting one brought up in southeastern Idaho, that perhaps one of the reasons that was impacting the (public) transportation system overall is that we’re a very low-wage economy here in Idaho,” Graff said. “And that being the case, it’s hard to get the resources to build (public transit systems).”
    Graff suggested the idea of free public transportation in some cases."

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Will UTA address the needs of bus riders? PR blitz is on.

UTA looking to improve and expand transit service | Deseret News: "SALT LAKE CITY — After a historic period of rail expansion, the state’s largest public transportation agency will begin working on enhancing its customers’ riding experience. The Utah Transit Authority’s top executive said the agency is now targeting ways to make riding trains and buses more accessible to more residents along the Wasatch Front as well as providing a more enjoyable."

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